As we head into fall and I look back at our previous issues this year, we talked about electric guitars in our spring edition and acoustic guitars in our summer edition. And now we turn our attention to amps, pedals, and accessories—you know, the “bells and whistles” that add that extra touch to our gear and our sound.
We cover a few accessories like the ChordBuddy for beginner guitarists, the Martin D-13E, the Eventide UltraTap pedal, some really cool new picks by Bog Street Picks, a Luna Henna Dragon Uke with an amp, capo, and chord, a PRS Archon amp and PRS tuner, and a Fender ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb amp.
Have you ever wondered how Paul Reed Smith decided to start building amps? Well, we found out from the man himself! We also put together a MESA/Boogie guide to touch upon a few of their notable amps. And did you know that Nita Strauss has a signature tool kit for gigging guitarists called the D’Addario Planet Waves Nita Strauss Hurricane Guitar Care Kit?
Now, when it comes to interviews, for our “Inside the Industry” section, we talked to two talented ladies from Los Angeles—Colleen Fazio, who repairs amps and pedals, and Virginia Castro, who designs gorgeous straps with her guitar strap company Get’m Get’m.
Cover artists for this edition are music icon Melissa Etheridge, blues guitarist Samantha Fish, and social media influencer and guitarist Kiki Wong—wow, what a great group of musicians that we are honored to have grace our covers! We talk tone with Tiffany Lloyd and Abby Posner. Rounding out our interviews for this edition are country artist Maggie Rose, 7 string guitar virtuoso Berit Hagen, aka the Commander-in-Chief, LA-based musician Aviana and the Pure Root, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Arielle, and Dead Sara.
Our usual columns: Ask Alexx covers returning to live music; Vanessa’s Vibe on Pickups 101; Guitar Gabby on Mental Health, while Kathryn Cloward talks “Come To My Window” and opening that window to bring people into your music.
Our lesson guru Nikki O’Neill follows up to her last lesson in our summer edition with “Demystifying the Fretboard – Pt. 2” and Alex Windsor talks “Bringing the Heat with Warm-Up Exercises.” Caroline Paone reviewed The Pedal Movie while Steve McKinley outlines the “The Three “P”s of Pedals: Peripherals, Power, Placement.”
It’s been great to get back to live performances, and Kirk Stauffer and Jack Lue have provided some great live performance shots in our Gig Gallery. Learn more about our #guitargirl Megan Maloney.
For a little stress relief, try your colors on our Adult Coloring picture, find the words in the word puzzle, and answer the trivia questions!
I know you will find this issue packed full of interesting interviews and useful information.